Wok’s for dinner tonight? A one-handed stir-fry

Wok’s for dinner tonight? A one-handed stir-fry
July 5, 2017 admin
two plates of stir fry ready to eat

Image credit: Tescos


The trials of cooking while looking after triplets(!), a delicious one-handed stir fry, and how the way we interact with our homes throughout our lives changes as we do.

Read time: 2 minutes

Have you seen the new Food Love Stories adverts by Tescos lately? Supposedly real people and their favourite recipes and the stories behind them. They certainly look tasty and I know I will be making all my cheese on toast in Nana’s magic star shapes since I saw them!

The one that really peaked my interest though was Ella’s one handed stir fry. Basically Ella has young triplets and so like many people has come up with life hacks and ingenious techniques so that she can cook dinner with one hand. Delicious recipe aside, I thought this was an excellent insight into how we all interact with our homes; how this changes throughout our lives as our circumstances do; and recognition that we don’t all use the things around us in the same way.

There are many times in a person’s life when they might need to cook using one hand, not just when parenting triplets: a broken wrist, developing arthritis, a stroke affecting one side, holding a glass of wine, reading this blog on your phone(!), and not everybody has two functioning arms to start with.

And what about our rapidly ageing population? Combined with disabled people this makes a huge economic block of people who could benefit from more flexible and inclusive kitchens. We all could in fact. It’s not like it is an unusual scenario that people approach everyday tasks differently at different times. Clever though humans are, it seems silly that rather than questioning the status quo and thinking about designing our spaces and products to better accommodate our different and changing needs, we all just seem to keep calm and carry on, as Ella’s nifty workarounds show us. I probably need a social historian to tell me why kitchens continue to be laid out as they are, but it does seem that it’s not always for convenience.

I’m also pretty sure that making a deep social comment on historical kitchen design and societal norms was not the reason Tescos ran Ella’s Food Love Story – more to appeal to parents and make loads of cash from stir fry ingredients. But that’s exactly the point: there are loads of parents out there that this affects, and many more people besides, enough to make Tescos advertise to them. So perhaps we should all wake up and smell the stir fry.

I look forward to seeing more Food Love Stories from an even more diverse range of people reflective of the diverse lives we lead #everylittlehelps.

Get in touch to let me know what you think and read my other blogs on inclusive kitchen design ideas. Check out the shop too for some products that help make life a bit easier in the kitchen, and nicer for us all, including this plate for one-handed eating.

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